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DINING OUT

  1. Visit Hy’s Steakhouse before it closes in February. Bring $$$ if you plan to do more than visit.
  2. Eat or learn at Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa Culinary Arts Institute.
  3. Dine at Top Chef winners resto Navarra in the Market.
  4. Dinner on the patio at NAC’s Le Café.
  5. Food truck tour, (don’t tell your Doctor).
  6. Take out Tacos at El Camino on Elgin
  7. Pierogis and video games at The House of Targ.
  8. Eggrolls from the world famous Golden Palace.
  9. Visit Juno nominee Kathleen Edward’s ‘Quitters Coffee’.
  10. Pancakes from Flapjacks Pancake Shake (Between 3rd and 4th in the Glebe).
  11. The original Colonnade Pizza on Metcalfe at Gilmour. ‘Nuff said.
  12. Eat at Top Chef finalists resto Side Door in the market.
  13. Fajitas from the original Lone Star Texas Grill on Fisher Avenue.
  14. See flora in Gatineau Park, eat at Fauna at Bank and Gladstone.
  15. Rye-bread from the world famous Rideau Bakery.
  16. Scone Witch for breakfast.
  17. Poutine from… well, from anywhere.
  18. Shawarma from… well, from anywhere.
  19. A hot-out-of-the-oven bagel from Ottawa Bagel Shop & Deli.
  20. A hot-out-of-the-oven bagel from Kettleman’s Bagel Company.
  21. Dinner at Gold Medal plates winner Atelier.
  22. Grab a bite at Art Is In Bakery.
  23. Oysters at Whalesbone on Bank, brown bag it at Kent location.
  24. A burger from The Works.
  25. Award winning gelato at Stella Luna Gelato Café.
  26. Moscow Tea Room on Sussex.
  27. Grab a treat at Suzy Q Donuts.

HISTORIC OTTAWA

  1. Survive a nuclear attack at the Diefenbunker in Carp.
  2. Find the Terry Fox Statue (hint, it’s near Parliament Hill).
  3. See how Canadian Prime Ministers USED to live at Laurier House on Chapel Street at Laurier.
  4. Consider 14 key figures from Canada’s military past at the Valiants Memorial.
  5. Visit the National Aboriginal Veterans Monument in Confederation Park.
  6. Pay your respects at the National War Memorial across from Parliament Hill.
  7. Consider Pearson’s legacy at the Peacekeeping Monument.
  8. Did you know that the money collected from the Centennial Flame is given to the winner of the Centennial Flame Research Award?
  9. Reflect on human rights at the Human Rights Monument (Elgin Street at Lisgar).
  10. Visit Rideau Hall (maybe one day you’ll meet the GG).
  11. Skate at the Rideau Hall Skating Rink.
  12. Catch a recent flick outside during Rideau Hall Movie nights (summer).
  13. Get your picture taken with, or tickle the ivories next to, the statue of Oscar Peterson at the corner of Elgin and Slater.
  14. Research your origins at the National Archives of Canada.
  15. Be impressed by Changing of the Guard (daily throughout the summer).
  16. Picnic at Pinhey’s Point.
  17. Visit Beechwood Cemetery – the National Cemetery of Canada (among its graves, the final resting place of Sir Sanford Fleming, Sir Robert Borden and His Excellency the Honourable Ray Hnatyshyn).
  18. Visit another former PM’s residence, the Mackenzie King Estate (Gatineau Park).
  19. Try to find a ghost at the Old Ottawa Jail (now a Youth Hostel).
  20. See how 19th Century Seigneurs used to live at the Manoir Papineau National Historic Site (next to Chateau Montebello).
  21. Learn about the Ottawa’s earliest settlers at the Billings Estate National Historic Site.
  22. Go to the top of the Peace Tower.
  23. Get an official tour of Centre Block.
  24. Between Parliament Hill and the Chateau Laurier you’ll find The Bytown Museum – focused on the stories of an evolving city and its early days.
  25. When it re-opens, find out about money at the Bank of Canada’s Currency Museum (bonus – its vaults are under Wellington Avenue).
  26. Try to find all the Embassies in and around Ottawa.
  27. Walk behind the Library of Parliament to see Nepean Point.
  28. Reflect on the importance of women’s rights in Canada at the Famous Five Monuments.

MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, CHURCHES

  1. Discover Canada’s rich military history at Canadian War Museum on LeBreton Flats.
  2. Experience the majesty of the Canadian Museum of Nature on McLeod St. (bonus – it hosted Parliament after the fire).
  3. Visit the National Gallery of Canada.
  4. Enjoy a unique ecological boating experience by taking an aqua-taxi that connects the Québec and Ontario shores.
  5. Attend a sheep shearing demonstration at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum where you will see a professional sheep shearer at work as a dynamic guide explains the entire process.
  6. Stimulate your mind and move your body at Nature Nocturne at the Canadian Museum of Nature. Dance until midnight while the DJ rocks the castle with great music.
  7. Embrace the majestic architecture at Ottawa’s oldest standing and largest Church, Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica.
  8. Take a selfie with the giant spider out from of the National Gallery.
  9. Earn your wings in the Canada Aviation and Space Museum’s immersive Redbird FMX flight simulator.
  10. Learn how coins are made by joining an interactive guided tour of the Royal Canadian Mint.
  11. Support local artists by visiting the Ottawa Art Gallery.
  12. Learn how to attract wildlife to your own backyard by visiting the Fletcher Wildlife Garden.
  13. Learn all about Nepean’s history from 1792 to today by visiting the Nepean Museum.
  14. Visit Karsh-Masson Gallery inside Ottawa City Hall.
  15. Attend a milling demonstration every Sunday afternoon at Watson’s Mill in Manotick.

ONLY IN OTTAWA

  1. Stroll along the Rideau Canal and enjoy the historic site which opened in 1832.
  2. Skate the Rideau Canal Skateway, the world’s largest skating rink.
  3. Take a boat cruise along the Rideau Canal and see part of the 202 km UNESCO Heritage Site.
  4. Take a boat cruise along the Ottawa River for a relaxing day on the water.
  5. Brave the Patriotic crowds on Parliament Hill on Canada Day. Nothing like the capital celebrating Canada’s Birthday.
  6. Canada Day at Jacques Cartier Park delivers fun activities for families, such as drumming circles, face painting, music and lots of food.
  7. Don’t miss the spectacular Canada Day fireworks on Parliament Hill.
  8. Get up at the crack of dawn to claim great vintage finds at the renowned Great Glebe Garage Sale.
  9. CHEO’s Teddy Bear Picnic is a great cause that allows for a civilized afternoon gathering.
  10. Beavertails can’t be missed – can’t go wrong with sugary fried dough.
  11. Northern Lights – The Parliament Hill Light Show is a winter spectacle that draws the crowds.
  12. High Tea at the Chateau Laurier will impress any visitor.
  13. Rickshaw through the Market for a fun tour without breaking a sweat.
  14. Take a horse and buggy ride through the downtown and learn about Ottawa’s historic sites.
  15. Don’t miss out on the RCMP Musical Ride Sunset Ceremony in Ottawa. They only perform a couple of dates in early summer and then they are gone on tour across Canada.
  16. Coffee from Bridgehead – it’s local, it’s fair trade and it’s really good.
  17. Get an ‘Obama Cookie’ from Moulin De Provence Bakery and feel like you were part of his famed visit.
  18. RCMP Stables (more than just the Musical Ride). See the beautiful horses, visit the museum and learn lots about the history of this special Canadian institution.

A LITTLE R&R IS GOOD FOR YOU

  1. Nothing more relaxing than a day at Le Nordik Spa in Chelsea, Québec.
  2. Visit the Chateau Montebello in winter or summer for fun activities such as dog sled rides, hot chocolate, a dip in their historic pool, fantastic brunch buffet, a round of golf or a night at a luxury hotel.
  3. Relax in Maplelawn Garden.
  4. Weekend away at Mont Tremblant for skiing close-by or beautiful hiking trails.

THINK GLOBALLY, SHOP LOCALLY

  1. Located one block east of Parliament Hill, shop the over 160 stores in the Rideau Centre, including best in class retailers like Nordstrom and Simons (coming August 2016).
  2. Open every day May to November and briefly for the holiday season, stroll through the Parkdale Market and pick up some local produce and meat (identified by the Savour Ottawa logo).
  3. Open Saturdays May to October and during Easter, Christmas, and Carp’s Garlic Festival, stroll through the Carp Farmers’ Market, the largest producer-based market in Eastern Ontario.
  4. Learn how to braid, cook and grow garlic at either the Perth or Carp annual Garlic Festivals, both held in early August.
  5. Experience the satisfaction of a hot towel straight razor shave from a local barber shop like the Roma Barbershop on Elgin Street and Ernesto’s in the Glebe.
  6. Find yourself a secondhand read at the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library Association’s Monthly Mammoth Used Book Sale at the James Bartleman Archives and Library Materials Centre.
  7. Starting in January, the Lansdowne Farmers’ Market will be open year-round, so walk, bike or skate to Lansdowne every Sunday and pick up your local grains, meats, cheeses and produce.
  8. Bargain hunt at the Tanger Outlets in Kanata which features the most popular, brand name manufacturers – buy direct from the manufacturer and save!
  9. Try all 51 varieties of fudge at Penny’s Fudge Factory in Fitzroy Harbour.
  10. Indulge your sweet tooth at Sugar Mountain.
  11. Some of the best Italian dinners and desserts can be found in Ottawa’s Little Italy, located along Preston Street. Molte grazie!
  12. Visit the Byward Market, Canada’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market and the city’s premier restaurant district.
  13. Purchase unique products from around the developing world at Manotick’s Third World Bazaar (open October to mid-November).

SUGAR SHACKS & APPLE ORCHARDS

  1. Visit Temple’s 70-acre sugar bush which has over 5,000 maple taps and a great restaurant that features pancakes, breakfast sandwiches and other delights.
  2. The complete Canadian experience! Explore Fultons Pancake House and Sugar Bush on your cross-country skis and enjoy a maple-inspired meal at the on-site restaurant.
  3. Partake in some ‘lumberjack’ cuisine and lesser-known French Canadian specialties such as “Oreilles de crisses” at Cabane à sucre Chez Ti-Mousse, a sugar bush in Papineauville, Québec.
  4. Visit Wheelers Pancake House and Sugar Camp, the Guinness World Record holder for the ‘largest collection of maple syrup production artifacts’.
  5. Make some snow taffy at the 75 acre Sand Road Maple Farm.
  6. Bring your appetite for an all-you-can-eat feast at Sucrerie de la Montagne featuring home-style Québec cuisine like tourtière de la beauceronne.
  7. Pet the farm animals in the barnyard at the quaint Log Farm Sugar Bush in the west end of town.
  8. Bring your family and friends to Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm during the holidays to experience Stanley’s Christmas Village (reservations required).
  9. Take a sleigh ride and learn about the processing of maple syrup at Proulx Maple & Berry Farm (reservations may be required).
  10. Try the cider doughnuts and apple chips from Mountain Orchards. They’re a ‘golden delicious’ treat!
  11. Pick your own pumpkins in the fall at Log Cabin Orchards in Osgoode! Don’t forget to purchase an apple churro, you won’t regret it.
  12. Pick fresh strawberries and raspberries at the Dekok Berry Farm located on March Road in Kanata.
  13. Check out Orleans Fruit Farm’s harvest calendar and go pick whatever is in season. Options include: strawberries, raspberries and apples.

FAIRS, FESTIVALS & HOLIDAYS

  1. Grab a candy apple at Arnprior Fair.
  2. Vote for your favourite apple pie at Cobden Fair.
  3. Russell Fair’s musical performances.
  4. Enjoy the Ferris wheel at Carp Fair.
  5. Eganville Fair’s fresh doughnuts.
  6. Horse and buggy competitions at Renfrew Fair.
  7. Don’t’ miss the demolitions derby at Richmond Fair.
  8. Celebrate the rich diversity of Canada’s Italian Community during Italian Week on Preston Street.
  9. Enjoy five days of marvelous food, Middle Eastern entertainment and heritage at the Ottawa Lebanese Festival.
  10. Learn traditional Serbian folklore dances at the Serbian Festival.
  11. Celebrate the establishment of West Valley City at WestFest.
  12. Stop and smell the tulips during the Tulip Festival.
  13. Attend Capital’s Pride Festival:  the most colorful festival in the city.
  14. Enjoy musical stylings to suit any jazz enthusiast at the Jazz Festival.
  15. Enjoy a diverse line up of musical artists at the outdoor Blues Festival.
  16. Celebrate music, dance and community featuring an eclectic mix of musical performances at the City Folk Music Festival.
  17. Savor and vote for the best ribbers at Ribfest on Sparks Street.
  18. Savor Canada’s most delicious dish at Poutinefest on Sparks Street.
  19. Enjoy the delicacy of oysters at Oysterfest.
  20. Treat yourself to a pint at this two-day Bavarian Oktoberfest culture celebration presented by Beau’s Brewery (Vankleek Hill).
  21. For an afternoon of craft beers in Hintonburg Park, The Brewery Market is a unique way to try new beers, new foods and meet new people.
  22. Sample high-end drinks and cuisine at the Ottawa Wine & Food Show.  Cheers!
  23. Take in the fragrances and tastes at the Winterlude Stew Cook-Off in the Byward Market.
  24. Poetry, Fiction, History, Biography – Read all about it at the Writers Festival.
  25. Celebrate multidisciplinary art and culture from dusk-until-dawn at Nuit Blanche Ottawa &   Gatineau.
  26. Bring your kids and enjoy the six-day extravaganza of the finest quality theatre, dance and music for young audiences at the Ottawa International Children’s Festival.
  27. Support independent artists by attending the Ottawa Fringe Festival.
  28. Create a team and paddle in the Dragon Boat Festival.
  29. Show off your volleyball skills at the Hope Summerfest.
  30. Join the crowd and watch incredible street performers at Buskerfest.
  31. Party Greek style at the Ottawa Greek Fest.
  32. Witness Ottawa being transformed into the centre of the animation universe at theOttawa International Animation Festival.
  33. See the sky fill with hot air balloons and a number of exciting shows at the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival.
  34. Witness an outstanding display of music, dance, sports, fiddling, pageantry and tradition at the The Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville.
  35. Take a drive out to the country to discover and celebrate locally made curds at theCheese curd Festival (St. Albert Cheese Factory).
  36. The Ottawa Chamberfest presents a two week concert series in beautiful Ottawa churches.
  37. Bring a lantern, wear a costume, and enter a world of magic at the Lumière Festival.
  38. Enjoy a cold beer, in a warm setting at Festibière de Gatineau.
  39. Pumkinferno at Upper Canada Village at Halloween.  A hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of hand-carved pumpkins.
  40. Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village at Christmas.  Heritage buildings are adorned with close to one million lights – a one-of-a-kind magical backdrop.
  41. Saunders Farm (perfect for Halloween).
  42. Support the Ottawa fire fighters by donating toys at the Help Santa Toy Parade.
  43. The most explosive event of the summer:  The Casino du Lac-Leamy’s Sound of Light Fireworks competition.
  44. Live music. Local breweries…The Ottawa Craft Beer Festival takes place every August in Lansdowne Park.
  45. Make it a night to remember for the family, attend the Ottawa Children’s Gala in support of CHEO.

UNLEASH YOUR INNER “GEEK”

  1. You never know who you’ll meet at Ottawa Comic-Con in May at the EY Centre (the current PM went last year).
  2. Team building with an Escape Game -there are 7 to choose from and they are all reviewed right here.
  3. You’ll find unique toys and games at Mrs. Tiggy Winkles (4 locations).
  4. Spread your wings at Carleton University’s annual butterfly show.
  5. Bug Day at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum.

FOR THE THRILL SEEKERS

  1. Sure, doing pushups will help build arm strength. But so would an afternoon of axe throwing at BATL.
  2. Top-Karting: All the fun of reckless driving without the burden of traffic or tickets.
  3. Jump on over to Ottawa’s east end to give Sky Zone’s trampolines a try!
  4. Do you like jumping? Do you like taking things to the extreme? Then you’ll love Xtreme Trampoline in Ottawa’s west end.
  5. Whether you’re looking to try bouldering, top-roping or lead-climbing, Altitude Gym in Gatineau has you covered.
  6. See Gatineau Park from a whole new perspective with Camp Fortune’s thrilling zip line aerial experiences.
  7. Who said you need to travel south to enjoy the beach? With an outdoor wave pool and over 35 waterslides, Calypso Waterpark offers fun for the whole family.
  8. Sometimes you just need to load a paint gun and shoot things. Commando Paintball can help.
  9. Why relax on the edge of the Ottawa River when you can conquer its waves and rapids by raft?
  10. Forget drones, if you really want to see Ottawa and surrounding areas from above, book a sunrise or sunset hot air balloon ride!
  11. Escape the noise and bustle of the city and let the Rideau Valley Soaring Club lead you on a Glider Tour above the city.
  12. As the LaFlèche Adventure Park puts it: “Discover your inner Tarzan” through their treetop games and zip lines!
  13. On a hot summer day, the Bonnechere Caves (a quick drive from Ottawa) can help keep you … and leave you saying … “cool.”
  14. The past thousand (or so) years, Mother Nature has been perfecting a natural marble cave for our enjoyment. We give you : Lusk Caves.
  15. No, you won’t find alligators, but on Bayou Outaouais’ 8-passenger airboat, the rich diversity of flora and fauna along the Ottawa River may still surprise you!
  16. Living in Ottawa means learning to love winter. Loving winter means tubing. Find great tubing a short drive from Ottawa at Mount Pakenham.
  17. Need a break from the day-to-day? Why not book a helicopter tour with Héli-Tremblant? Because “life looks very different when viewed from the air.”
  18. Create your own water maze or walking adventure to explore Eco-Odyssée’s 500 acres of marsh, agricultural fields, rolling mountains and mixed forest in Wakefield, Québec.
  19. Not rain nor sleet nor snow can keep you from go-karting thanks to Top Karting’s indoor course in Gatineau.
  20. Embrace your inner child on one of the City of Ottawa’s 57 sledding hills!
  21. You can’t ride a dog or barrel race a cat but you can do both with the horses at Camp Équimax.
  22. Whether you’re a fan of long range, short range, skeet or trap, shooting enthusiasts can choose from several range options in the Ottawa-area.
  23. Have the need for speed? Race on over to the Luskville Speedway!
  24. Ever wondered what lies beneath the waterways in Ottawa and its surrounding areas? Visit Sharky’s Scuba to get certified and find out!
  25. Whether you’re looking to explore wrecks, walls, drifts, locks, submerged power stations or other structures – the Ottawa area offers over 25 different dive sites for the scuba enthusiast.
  26. Explore over 15,000 square feet of indoor rock climbing fun at Ottawa’s Coyote Rock Gym.
  27. Have you climbed a 54ft wall before? At Vertical Reality on Victoria Island, you can!
  28. If you like the idea of exploring the beautiful Gatineau Hills but walking is just too slow, grab a mountain bike to explore its many trails, instead!
  29. Taking part in the Great Canadian Chill (it happens every January 1st) is your chance to scratch “jump into freezing cold water” and “help #EndKidsCancer” off your bucket list.
  30. Every year, downtown Ottawa welcomes its undead during the Ottawa Zombie Walk(appetite for brains not required).
  31. It’s a beautiful summer day, you’re looking out over beautiful Morrison’s Quarry in Wakefield from 200ft and then … you JUMP! Only at the Great Canadian Bungee.
  32. You may not find alligators, exotic snakes; frogs and spiders skittering about the Ottawa area but you can see them up close and learn all about them at Little Ray’s Reptile Zoo.

THE GREAT OUTDOORS

  1. Glide along 5 km of groomed and well-lit cross country skiing trails at the Mooney’s Bay Ski Centre.
  2. Pack a picnic and ski cross-country to Keogan Cabin in Gatineau Park.
  3. Hop on your bike and cycle west along the Sir John A. MacDonald Parkway to find a gravity-defying limestone and granite sculptures at Remic Rapids.
  4. Elevate your heart rate with a jog along the picturesque Rideau Canal.
  5. Reconnect with nature with a hike in Gatineau Park, which offers 165 kilometers of trails and spectacular views.
  6. Show off your best downward dog while taking part in Yoga on the Hill every Wednesday at noon throughout the summer.
  7. Take an afternoon dip off the swimming rock by the historic Wakefield Covered Bridge(but please don’t jump from the bridge – it’s dangerous).
  8. Embrace winter and go on a dogsledding adventure in Montebello.
  9. Camp out under the stars at Rideau River Provincial Park.
  10. Bring your furry friend to Bruce Pit, the largest off-leash dog park in the city, and explore several acres of forested land and hiking trails.
  11. Meet up with fellow dog lovers at Conroy Pit, an off-leash dog park referred to by some as “Doggie Disneyland.”
  12. Rent a kayak and enjoy a peaceful paddle at the Centre de plein air du Lac-Leamy.
  13. Choose from 64 climbing routes on the five rock faces of the Eardley Escarpment at Gatineau Park.

FOR THE SPORTTS FAN

  1. Join the Sens Army and take in an Ottawa Senators game at the Canadian Tire Centre.
  2. On an Ottawa REDBLACKS game day, grab your tickets and head to TD Place early for a tailgate party guaranteed to pump you up for kick-off.
  3. Head to TD Place and cheer on the Ottawa Fury.
  4. Take in three periods of action at an Ottawa 67’s home game.
  5. Enjoy an exciting night of hockey at a Gatineau Olympiques home game.
  6. Cheer on the home team at a Carleton Ravens football game.
  7. Don your garnet and grey and take in a University of Ottawa Gee-Gees football game.
  8. Mark your calendar for the Annual Panda Game where cross-town rivals, the Carleton Ravens and the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees, face off at TD Place.
  9. Don’t miss your chance to see a Carleton Ravens men’s basketball game and see why they have won 11 titles in 13 years.
  10. Watch the next generation of hockey all-stars from around the world at the Bell Capital Cup tournament.
  11. Take yourself out to the ballgame to see the Ottawa Champions in action.
  12. Watch an exhilarating game of roller derby care of the Capital City Derby Dolls.
  13. Catch curling’s biggest event, the 2016 Tim Hortons Brier, when it’s staged at TD Place in March.
  14. Get tickets for Ringside for Youth, a charity fundraiser that packs a punch every June.
  15. Learn about the people and events that have shaped the sporting heritage of our nation’s capital at the Ottawa Sport Hall of Fame.

THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT

  1. Live music, plays, comedy, even Broadway…you’ll find it all (and more) at the National Arts Centre.
  2. Jump into the action of NAC’s Orchestra TD Family Adventure Series (until April 2016).
  3. Lady Gaga, The Canadian Improv Games, Matthew Good and Sarah Harmer are just a few of the events that have taken place at The Bronson Centre.
  4. Hit the Pot of Gold at Carp Drive-in Bingo
  5. Live.  Uncut Comedy at Yuk Yuk’s.
  6. There’s more live comedy in Little Italy at Absolute Comedy on Preston Street.
  7. Cracking-Up the Capital (February 2016) in support of Mental Health Awareness.
  8. Enjoy live music at The Black Sheep in Wakefield, Québec.
  9. Ottawa’s Legendary home of the Blues: The Rainbow Bistro.
  10. For unique, local theatre – with world class performances, take in a performance at theOttawa Little Theatre.
  11. Murder Mystery Dinner.
  12. While strolling through Westboro have some dinner and check out one of the many performances taking place at the Great Canadian Theatre Company.
  13. Take a step back in time and visit one of Ottawa’s retro cinemas, check out The Mayfairon Bank Street or The ByTowne on Rideau.
  14. Watch the latest blockbusters in style at the VIP Cinema at Lansdowne park.
  15. While you are out for a drive pull into the Port Elmsley Drive-In Theatre – they’re always showing the latest blockbusters under the stars.
  16. Out at the east end of Ottawa? Be sure to check out the Shenkman Arts Centre in Orleans. They offer a wide variety of galleries, performances and hands on activities.
  17. Since its grand opening in 1988 the Centrepointe Theatre in Nepean has been hosting an extensive list of artists performing to sold out crowds.
  18. Walk the red carpet and bump elbows with Canada’s music stars at the 2017 Juno Awards.
  19. Become a belieber and get your tickets for Justin Bieber’s concert taking place May 2016 at the Canadian Tire Centre.
  20. Nothing says romance like a Blue Rodeo concert taking place on Valentine’s Day at the Canadian Tire Centre.
  21. While you are strolling through the Byward Market be sure to dust off the old bingo dabber and head to Trailer Park Bingo at Zaphod’s.
  22. Spend some time with local Ottawans and have a drink at the ‘secret’ Union 613Speakeasy.
  23. Watch comics go toe to toe at the CBC’s The Debaters at Centrepointe Theatre. In its ninth season, the debaters are sure to provide an evening filled with logic and laughs.
  24. Dating back 115 years the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra hosts a wide variety of performances throughout the year. Be sure to check out their events calendar!
  25. Spend an evening out enjoying the deadpan delivery of Oscar winning comedian Steven Wright – February 21, 2016 at Centrepointe Theatre.
  26. To be or not to be that is the question, but there is no question you should check out A Company of Fools scheduled performances of Shakespeare in the park.
  27. Check out a local legend, Lucky Ron performing every Saturday at 4pm at The Laff.

GET OFF THE COUCH

  1. Bundle up and check out all the fun activities going on at Ottawa’s annual Winterlude.
  2. Watch (or play) cricket at Rideau Hall.
  3. Bowl a perfect 300 at McArthur Lanes – home to one of Ottawa’s oldest bowling alleys.
  4. Bowl a perfect 450 game at West Park Lanes – bowling strong since 1946.
  5. Spend some time on beautiful Dow’s lake with a ride on a canoe or pedal boat.
  6. Combine the classic game of hide-and-seek and tag with a high tech twist at Laser Queston St. Laurent.
  7. Developed in the 1950’s Hogsback Falls is an urban nature park that is perfect for a quiet afternoon picnic or bike ride.
  8. The biggest international cross country ski event in Canada, Gatineau Loppet includes a variety of races as well as an annual cross country ski show.
  9. Winter, spring, summer or fall, it doesn’t matter the time of year, Four Season tents, yurts and cabins are yours to rent at Lac Philippe.
  10. Take in Ottawa’s beautiful scenery as you bike along the Ottawa River or the Canal onSunday Bikedays.
  11. Be sure to pack your picnic basket and visit one of Ottawa’s many parks, such as theArboretum or Vincent Massey Park.
  12. Experience something new on the water, try Stand-up Paddle-Boarding.
  13. Located along the Ottawa River, Morris Island Conservation Area provides an opportunity to get outdoors and participate in activities like fishing, hiking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing.
  14. Strap on a pair of Snowshoe and explore stunning winter vistas at Gatineau Park – Rentals available at the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre.
  15. With a name like Ultimate it can’t be a bad idea – Join an Ultimate Frisbee League in Ottawa, it’ll be epic!
  16. Get ready for Lawn Summer Nights by practicing your game at one of three Lawn Bowling clubs in Ottawa.
  17. Learn how to scrum, ruck and mull at a professional rugby match at Twin Elms Rugby Park.  
  18. Did you know a Segway’s top speed is 20km/h? Tour Lac Leamy with Ottawa’s best rated (and only) guided Segway tour!
  19. You still have a shot at the NHL, and you never know when a scout is watching you skate circles around your friends at the ‘Rink of Dreams’.
  20. Impress your date with a picnic on Bate Island – take in stunning views of Ottawa…you don’t have to credit us when they rave to their friends about how thoughtful you are.
  21. Travel back in time, by driving down the 417, to Upper Canada Village. Learn what it was really like to live in the 19th century.
  22. Be zoo keeper for a day, or just go check out all the rare animals at Saunders Country Critter Zoo and Garden Centre.
  23. Tour Papanack Zoo at night, Hear wolves howl, see lions feast and catch a rare glimpse of nocturnal animals – on Saturday nights only!
  24. There are over 1,000 Islands and just as many tourist companies to choose from. Whether you experience a dinner cruise with live entertainment, or discover a turn of the century 6 story, 120 room castle there really is something here for everyone.
  25. Discover a northern eco-system more typical of the Arctic than Ottawa Valley at the Mer Bleue Bog – only 20 minutes outside Ottawa.
  26. Make the holidays memorable and cut down your very own Christmas tree at Fallowfield Tree Farm. This will be the best holiday yet Griswold.
  27. Did you know the Gatineau Park has an industrial history? Hike to the Carbide Willson Ruins of a revolutionary industrial plant built in 1911.
  28. Cycle, Swim, pilates yoga, Tai Chi, meditation….This could be a whole new list of things to do in Ottawa only at the YMCA.
  29. Enjoy the theatre under the stars at Odyssey Theatre in Strathcona Park.
  30. From September through April learn about the wild birds of the Ottawa area at the Wild Bird Care Centre.
  31. Catch the Nepean Concert Band at Andrew Haydon Park.
  32. View treasures from yesterday including steam engines and hand tools. There’s fun for friends and family of all ages at Valleyview Animal Farm.
  33. Book a guided Indigenous Walk where you’ll learn about downtown Ottawa’s social, political and artistic spaces from an Indigenous perspective.
  34. Learn the real stories of Ottawa with a walk tour with Ottawa (De)tours.
  35. There are a million activities in Constance Bay, water ski, canoe, or ice fish and cross country ski in the winter.
  36. Explore a hidden gem of Ottawa, snow shoe in the winter or visit the Sugar Shack atDomaine de l’Ange Gardien – only minutes from Ottawa.
  37. Hurry, Hurry Hard to one of Ottawa’s many curling clubs – don’t forget to grab a Tim’s before eh!
  38. The Ottawa Race Weekend is Canada’s most popular running event, cheer on the racers from around the world or run in one of the many races!
  39. You won’t find your average spin class at Wheelhouse Cycle – it’s a dance party, an upper body workout, an energy share, a music-pumping/heart-thumping interval session…
  40. Nothing satisfies the summer vibe like salsa dancing at the City Hall. Dance the night away, while you learn some stunning new moves you stud.
  41. Westboro Beach is just down the road from one of Ottawa’s trendiest neighborhood. Catch some rays, and grab a cold drink at the Westboro Beach Yacht Club Café.
  42. Take in the sun at Mooney’s Bay Beach, you don’t need to go in the water to enjoy this landmark.
  43. Located on the Ottawa River at Britannia Bay, the beach is great for swimming, picnics or just watching the sailboats go by on a beautiful summer day.
  44. Catch a wave at the Kanata Wave pool, if you close your eyes you can even pretend you’re in the ocean.
  45. Cosmic Adventures is a 20,000 sq ft playground. Make this the number one thing to do with kids.
  46. Fun Haven is an adults playground on Friday Night, have a drink from its licensed bar while you cool down from unlimited laser tag.
  47. See how many of your colleagues have tattoos at Mont Cascade Waterpark. If you dare.
  48. Urban, suburban and wilderness geocaches are waiting to be found all around town.
  49. Nestled in Ottawa’s famed “greenbelt,” Stony Swamp is a network of gorgeous trails through wetlands…
  50. …including the Lime Kiln Trail where you can feed chickadees from your hand.
  51. With a 5k or ½ marathon option, the Canada Army Run has become a key fall event in O-town.
  52. Over 250 outdoor rinks to skate on, maintained by an army of volunteers in nearly every neighbourhood.
  53. When you are tired of the ‘canal snakes’, the Brewer Park Speed skating Oval is a sure smooth surface.
  54. Sailing lessons at the Nepean Sailing Club.
  55. Channel your inner Picasso and try a Paint Nite at a local pub.
  56. Grab your favourite furry friend and take part in the Ottawa Humane Society Wiggle Waggle Walkathon.
  57. Donate your time or resources to a homeless shelter.
  58. From business groups to silly people in their 20’s who like doing stuff, you’ll find it all at one of the many Ottawa Meet-Up Group.
  59. Get up close and personal with wildlife – from the luxury of your car – in Park Omega in Montebello.
  60. Some go to relax, while others often bring a good book. Whatever you decide to do, Petrie Island is a year-round favourite.

LEARN SOMETHING NEW

  1. Visit the Bridgehead Roastery on Preston Street (more than just a coffee shop).
  2. Paint-it-yourself ceramic at The Mud Oven.
  3. Unleash your inner artist by painting your own ceramic or learning how to do glass fusing at Gotta Paint studio.
  4. A cooking class or team building exercise at Urban Element.
  5. Art class at the Ottawa School of Art.
  6. Glassblowing at Flo’s on Gladstone Avenue.
  7. In Aylmer, Québec – just across the river – you’ll find Le Vignoble du Clos Baillie vineyard.

STILL NOT SURE?

  1. Read the Hill Times or risk missing out on the latest greatest Hill happenings.
  2. Follow #OttCity for the latest Ottawa news.
  3. Follow #Cdnpoli for breaking political tweets. And #hw too.
  4. Follow @PnPCBC. Because Rosie. Duh.
  5. Follow @CTV_PowerPlay. Because Don’s forgotten more than we know.
  6. To find out what’s happening in Ottawa…but on the web, follow @apt613 or apt613.ca.
  7. Bookmark NationalNewswatch.com.  Your one-stop political news aggregator.
  8. Celebrating over 40 years, Carleton Universities CKCU FM 93.1 continues to be a pioneer in community broadcasting.
  9. And for community radio from Ottawa University, tune in to CHUO 89.1 FM.
  10. The only radio station that plays nothing but local artists is Algonquin College’s CKDJ 107.9 fm.
  11. Send your family back home a ‘Wish You Were Here’ postcard.
  12. There’s always something new happening so stop by the Capital Information Kiosk.
  13. Domaine Perrault Vineyard in Navan.
  14. Jabulani Vineyard and Winery.
  15. Visit the Nita Beer Co. on Colonnade Road.
  16. Visit the hidden courtyards in the market.
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